FIFA Club World Cup 2018
- Esperance wins the third CAF Champions League
- Anice Badri wins the highest shooter in the competition
- Esperance will play their second World Cup at the FIFA Club
Esperance wrote a new chapter in the history of African football, winning the third CAF league in its history. Return to the top of the continental hierarchy after seven years of absence, Blood and gold they can now move on to the next challenge: FIFA World Cup next month in the UAE.
Players and fans of the Tunisian club have made this competition a great goal of the season. Beaten four times in the final, Esperance decided not to experience such disappointment. In 2012, the Tunisians climbed a decisive duel and lost a fatal defeat in the Radzesa cave against Al Ahly. Esperance, however, perfectly negotiated the re-edition of this poster. In this way, she returns to success in a competition she has not won since 2011.
But beyond this double confrontation, we must bow to everything that happens with the Tunis giant. Esperance was the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals starting from the fourth day of the group stage. In this process, she confirmed her favorite status by placing ES Sahel in a Tunisian derby. After passing the Primeiro de Agosto right in the semi-final first leg, the Tunisians proved that they lacked character, reversing the trend (4: 2) at home. The finale only confirmed the courage of this exceptional team. Despite 3: 1 defeat in Egypt, Blood and gold pulled out of reserves to win 3: 0 against Al Ahly in Rades, a result that gives them the most desirable title in Africa.
Path of glory
- Esperance played 16 matches
- His record is nine wins, four draws and three defeats
- He scored 26 goals (1.63 per game) for 12 lost
Sorrow Al Ahly
Defeated in the final by Wydad last season, Al Ahly sees the trophy running back. Esperance is more difficult because the Egyptians have achieved an excellent course during the entire tournament. Winning 3: 1 in the first game, they probably thought they did the hardest. Fans believed that, but the nine African masters failed to add an extra line to this competition, which they consider to be their behavior. Red Devilswho have not won since 2013, had to face a cascade of injuries on their return. Their ambitions did not survive this mountain of parcels.
The key player
Each phase was marked by the emergence of new talents, but the Tunisian international Anice Badri deserves special attention for its outstanding achievements and eight goals scored during the great Esperance course. Arriving in Tunis with Mouscron, Badri signed one of the most beautiful seasons of his career. Sometimes the midfielder, quarterback or striker shone in all positions. His decisive goal in the final result caused that the victory in his team's camp brought him the title of the best shooter at the same time. Badri will be able to fulfill his dream of playing in the Club World Cup a few months after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia ™ match with Tunisia.
The Angolans from Primeiro de Agosto write on the front pages of the newspapers for many weeks. After the eleventh participation in the Champions League, they exceeded all expectations, finishing second in the group behind ES Sahel. Primeiro then created a surprise, rejecting TP Mazembe in the quarterfinals, before putting Esperance on the ground in the semi-final first match. Unfortunately for him, the army club failed at the door of the final. The Angolans still held their qualifications five minutes before the end of regular time, but the Tunisians took the qualification in the final moments of the game. In this Champions League, Primeiro played 14 games for six wins, five draws and three defeats.
He heard …
"It was a very competitive event, we made progress in matches and we started to believe in it more and more, I was congratulating my players, they were great, especially when they came back, in semi-finals and finals I would like to thank our fans for support, they believed in us all the way" – Mouin El Shaabani, Esperance Coach
Do you know
- The finalist for the seventh time, Esperance won his third continental title, after two awards in 1994 and 2011
- The Warsaw team will play their second FIFA Club World Cup; in 2011 Blood and gold he came to the quarterfinals
- This is the fourth defeat of Al Ahly in the final. Each time the fate of the meeting was played outside
- Esperance has completed a series of ten games without a victory against Al Ahly. His previous success was in 2011